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Sugar + Wrinkles

If a slimmer waistline and New Years resolutions haven’t curbed your sweet tooth, maybe the desire for smooth skin will. Experts now believe that a lifetime of overeating sugar can make skin dull and wrinkled.

At blame is a natural process known as glycation, the sugar in your bloodstream attaches to proteins to form harmful new molecules called advanced glycation end products (AGEs for short).

The more sugar you eat, the more AGEs you develop. Collagen and elastin, the proteins that keep skin firm and elastic, become dry and brittle with AGEs, leading to wrinkles and sagging. The good news is: it’s never too late to turn back the clock by topically applying retinoids and vitamin c daily.

Associate of Occupational Science in Cosmetology, Cosmetology, Master Instructor

Skin: What does it show us?

By Jennifer Hubbard
The skin is an incredible organ. It can go from a beautiful glow to an outbreak of blackheads and whiteheads in a matter of days. What causes this you might ask? Well, there could be all sorts of things that factor into the skin turning into a hot mess.

Breakouts can be caused from your menstrual cycle, hormones, stress, a change in makeup, the food that you are eating or weather conditions. One thing you don’t think about is your health. If you become sick your skin will become dull or breakout. If you have a toothache, you might have an outbreak of whiteheads start showing in your neck and chest.

Breakout Due to Toothache

Breakout Due to Toothache

These can turn into skin abscesses which can develop anywhere on the body. They occur when a bacterial infection causes pus to collect in the skin. Skin abscesses can develop under the surface of the skin (subcutaneous) or on the skin (cutaneous) and can drain naturally and disappear without any treatment.

Larger abscesses can be treated with antibiotics to clear the infection and surgery to drain away the pus. Without treatment, an abscess may continue to get larger and more painful until it eventually bursts.

Associate of Occupational Science in Cosmetology, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Massage Therapy, Master Instructor, Nail Technician

Tax Breaks for Continued Education

By Christen Brummett

No matter what industry you are in, it is imperative to stay on top of any trends. One of the best ways of staying on top of these trends is to attend trade shows. Many professionals utilize tax write-offs for trade shows and educational trips to assist with paying for the trips. However, it is important to follow all necessary guidelines to get your maximum deductions, and more importantly, to ensure you do not have any negative repercussions from the IRS.

Here are are a couple guidelines for tax write offs:

  • Know what you can deduct beforehand. Deductions should include items such as your registration, required materials for the event, round trip airfare, mileage on your car, taxi fares, lodging, and meals
  • Certain items should only be 50% written off. Those items include entertainment and meals. Also, items that are considered to be “extravagant” can only be written off up to 50%. For instance, a penthouse hotel room can only have up to 50% used as a tax deduction.
  • Another option is to use the per diem method which allows you to write off a certain amount each day, depending on the zip code you are in.To see the recommended per diems you can go to
  • In general, you do not need to keep documentation of expenses less than $75 however all items over $75 should have documentation to accompany them. And if ever in doubt, keep your documentation.
  • You cannot write off expenses for non-business workers such as your significant other or friend who tag along with you.
  • Oversees or cruise business trips have slightly different regulations. Most recommend only $2,000 per trip.

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Associate of Occupational Science in Cosmetology, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Master Instructor

2012 Makeup Forecast

By Christen Brummett

2011 was all about pastels and metallics, with gold, lavender and “peapod” colors splashing everything from runways to makeup counters. For 2012, the color prediction focuses around two main trends.

The first trend of 2012 is bright colors on the eyelid, applied in a clean line. Smoky eyes have disappeared in a cloud of smoke. Bright yellows, greens, blues, and oranges are the new trend. To mimic this trend, apply bright eyeliner in a clean, precise line. You can also use light-colored bright eyeshadow (such as yellow, light blue/greens) from lid to brow. Darker, brighter colors such as violets and hot blue can be applied just on the eyelid.

The other trend, as seen in all areas of fashion such as clothing and interior design is neutral colors with an accent of red. Pantone, the color experts that assist in predictions of color trends, even named the 2012 color of the year “Tangerine Tango,” a bright redish-orange color.

For home décor, interior designers are recommending neutral colors with a bright red accent such as a red lamp or clock. For makeup, that means fairly neutral colors on the face, eyes and cheeks then a bright red on the lips. Use either a cooler (blue-based) or warmer (yellow-based) red to match your skin tone. Those with more yellow or orange undertones should use a warmer red, and those with pinkish undertones should use a blue-based red. Even red-oranges, oranges and pinks are on-trend for lip colors.

Associate of Occupational Science in Cosmetology, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Master Instructor, Nail Technician

The Skintourage’s Holiday Beauty Must-Haves

By Mikala Ewald

MAC Viva Glad Lipstick in Gaga 1

Viva Glam Lipstick in Gaga 1 by MAC
Where to buy: MAC Cosmetics
The Skinny: Not only does this bubblegum pink shade look great on nearly everyone, it’s purchase supports the MAC Aids Fund. Pair it with a smokey eye for your holiday parties.

Marc Jacobs Rollerball Tri

Marc Jacobs Rollerball
Fragrance Trio

Where to buy: Sephora
The Skinny: Lola and Daisy by Marc Jacobs are two of my all time favorite fragrances! This set includes both plus Daisy Eau So Fresh in a convenient purse size rollerball. Slip one into your clutch before heading out for the evening. Great for smelling fresh while on the go!

Lancome Hypnose Doll Lashes Set

Lancome Hypnose Doll Lashes Set
Where to buy: Sephora
The Skinny: I ordered this set from Sephora about a month ago and have fallen in love! Not only is it a great price, but the products work so well. It includes Lancome’s ArtLiner, Mascara Enhancing Base, and Doll Lash Mascara. The ArtLiner takes a bit of practice to master, but with a steady hand and patience anyone can do it! Next apply the Mascara Enhancing Base. This product eliminates the need to use a lash curler and I only have to apply one coat of the Doll Lash Mascara after applying the base. They’re a great duo and make my lashes stand out.

Urban Decay Brow Box

Urban Decay Brow Box
Where to buy: Sephora
The Skinny: No look is complete without groomed eyebrows! This cute little brow box includes 2 brow shades with an angled brush for the perfect application, a mini tweezer, a wax to keep your brows in place, and a mirror for on the go touch ups. I keep this in my makeup kit at all times to add soft definition to my brows.

Bobbi Brown Ultimate Party Palette

Bobbi Brown Ultimate Party Palette
Where to buy: Sephora
The Skinny: Bobbi Brown is known for creating subtle shades that anyone can pull off. This palette includes a variety of shadows both shimmery and matte, and glittery lip glosses perfect for any party!

Lime Crime Magic Dust Collection

Lime Crime Magic Dust Collection
Where to buy: Lime Crime
The Skinny: If subtle is not your style I highly suggest you try out Lime Crime’s Magic Dust Shadows. They are bold, beautiful, and full of shimmer! I bought the entire collection and am thoroughly impressed with the wearability and color of the shadows.

NARS Danmari All About Cheeks Palette

NARS Danmari All About Cheeks Palette
Where to buy: Sephora
The Skinny: Every makeup maven knows NARS is the authority when it comes to cheek color. This palette includes NARS must have blushes & bronzers including the notorious Orgasm and Super Orgasm blushes that look great on every skin tone. This item tops of my wishlist!

Make Up For Ever HD Complexion Starter Kit

Make Up For Ever HD Complexion Starter Kit
Where to buy
: Sephora
The Skinny: You can’t create a perfect makeup application without a flawless complexion. Make Up For Ever is by far the best at creating a flawless face. I use all the items in this kit on every single one of my clients and on myself every morning! First apply a thin layer of the HD Microperfecting Primer followed by the HD Invisible Cover Foundation. Finish by applying the HD Microfinish Powder with your new Kabuki brush!

The New Black Ombre Horizons Nail Shades 5-Piece Set

The New Black Horizons Ombre Nail Shades 5-Piece Set
Where to buy: Nordstrom
The Skinny: I am a huge fan of the ombre trend and this is a unique take on it! The colors were created to perfectly graduate from one shade to the next. Just paint each nail a different color beginning with the lightest shade and moving to the darkest.

Make Up For Ever Fashionista Lash

Make Up For Ever Fashionista Lash
Where to buy: Sephora
The Skinny: This lash may look over the top to some, but what better occasion to wear them than a holiday party!? Who can resist lace and pearls?

Associate of Occupational Science in Cosmetology, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Massage Therapy, Master Instructor, Nail Technician

Do You Facial Exercise?

By Mona Green

Facial exercises stimulate blood flow and circulation; relieve tension and tones facial muscles. If you’re over 40 you probably know looking young is not just about wrinkles. You need to address puffy eyes, nasal labial folds, sagging jowls, turkey neck and other signs of aging.

Facial exercises can accomplish this and improve your complexion and skin tone. Humans can out-smile, out-smirk and out-glow every other animal on the planet whether we think about it at all.

Facial exercising is a series of contractions and applied resistance sort of like body building for the face and neck. Fifteen minutes, three days a week for six to nine months can make you look five to ten years younger, facial exercise lifts and firms skin and facial muscles that are important for looking younger.

You have a right to be beautiful and no cream in the world can counter gravity. Exercise will.

Associate of Occupational Science in Cosmetology, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Massage Therapy, Master Instructor, Nail Technician

Announcing Clary Sage Franchise System


Contact: Jennifer Holland, 918-610-0027

For Immediate Release

Local Business Franchising Operations

Tulsa, Okla., (October 24, 2011) – Teresa Knox, founder and owner of Community Care College, Clary Sage College and Oklahoma Technical College announced today that she is franchising certain aspects of her current business model, including a Salon and Spa with a prototype store to open in January of 2012.

“We have a business model that can be easily duplicated. With superior training and support, there will be a vital emphasis on customer acquisition, support, retention and long-term value. We are thrilled to share our business model with those that desire to own their own business,” said owner, Teresa Knox” Other traits that make Clary Sage attractive to potential franchisees include a good track record of profitability, a unique business model with strong brand recognition, broad geographical appeal, ease of operation, quantifiable systems, and competitive startup costs.

In addition to business opportunities being available to the general public, the franchise will provide the students of the college increased employment opportunities as well as give them an opportunity to own their own franchise. Furthermore, franchising gives the Tulsa-based company the means to which to expand their brand into other markets so others may benefit from their unique business systems.

The prototype operation will be located at 101st and Riverside in Tulsa. This training site will be streamlined to maximize profits per square footage of space. In addition to well-planned training, the franchise will provide franchisees support in every aspect of business development including but not limited to legal, accounting, marketing, banking, real estate/construction and build-out, human resources, and customer relations management. Furthermore, the company, Clary Sage Franchise System LLC has formulated and is manufacturing a salon quality product line to further enhance the Clary Brand and provide a turn-key business structure for franchisees.

The Clary System offers exceptional opportunities to potential franchise partners who possess a passion to see others reach their full potential through uncompromising talent and service. We gladly invite you to further investigate this unique business opportunity. Please log on to

Associate of Occupational Science in Cosmetology, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Master Instructor, Nail Technician

Dirt. Oil. Makeup.

By Mikala Ewald

Dirt, oil, and makeup are just a few of the many elements our skin comes in contact with throughout the day. These elements clog pores and cause breakouts.

As an esthetician, I often talk with people about their skin care regimens, and it’s surprising to me how many people don’t know how or don’t bother to properly cleanse their skin. For healthy skin, it is imperative that you first remove the dirt, oil, and makeup from the skin and follow by actually cleansing the skin.

So, if you do nothing else in your skin care regimen, at least take the time to properly cleanse the skin. Start by removing all makeup with a gentle makeup remover. If you skip this step, when you apply cleanser to the skin you will just be removing makeup, not actually cleansing the skin. You must remove the makeup and cleanse the skin in order to maintain healthy skin.

Then, to thoroughly cleanse the skin use a gentle cleanser that is appropriate for your skin type. Apply the cleanser to damp skin, and massage it in for 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Lastly, rinse the cleanser from the skin with warm water. Be sure to completely remove all cleanser residue, as improper removal can also cause breakouts.

It’s best to follow up with a toner and a moisturizer. You should follow this simple routine every morning and every night.

Associate of Occupational Science in Cosmetology, Cosmetology, Massage Therapy, Master Instructor, Nail Technician

The uses of Gelatin in Special Effects Makeup

By Lisa Johnson

There are many ways to use household items to create special effects, such as using chocolate syrup to make fake blood. In today’s blog we are going to talk about using regular gelatin to make “meaty” looking skin.

You need to know that it doesn’t mean you can take a box of jello and smear it across the skin! It has to be a certain type of gelatin. The most popular is Knox Unflavored Gelatin.

You only need a few items for this effect!

Enjoy these different “meaty” skin looks created by current Clary Sage students!

Do you want to be a makeup artist? Call Clary Sage College today at 918.298.8200 or visit the website at!

Supplies: Packets of Knox Unflavored Gelatin, Water, Spatula, Sponges, Bruise or Trauma Wheel, Stage Blood or Thick Blood

Step One – Mix the gelatin with warm water to a semi-lumpy consistency with a spatula.

Step Two – Spread the lumpy gelatin onto the skin. You must work quickly because the gelatin will set up quickly.

Step Three – Apply color with a sponge, using your bruise or trauma wheel. Choose colors that work for the look you are trying to achieve.

Step Four – If your look calls for blood then apply your homemade blood mixture to get the desired look.

Associate of Occupational Science in Cosmetology, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Master Instructor

Buffing Basics

By Christen Brummett

Regular exfoliation is key to keeping the skin looking radiant and young. However, not all exfoliation is the same, and deciphering through which one to use is hard enough, let alone choosing the right in-treatment exfoliation. Here is a brief outline of what you need to know about exfoliants:

•Mechanical Exfoliation- uses scrubs to slough off dead skin cells. Common ingredients are nuts, seeds, or crystals.
•Chemical Exfoliation- uses acids to eat away dead skin cells. Most common ingredients are Glycolic, Salicylic, Lactic Acid, Bromelain, and Papain.

At Home:
•Should be exfoliating once or twice a week at home
•Light mechanical is recommended for normal, combo, dry or mature skin
•Light chemical exfoliation, such as low percentages of Glycolic, Lactic and Salicylic or enzymes are great for oily and acne skin

In Treatment Room
•Deeper forms of exfoliation such as Chemical Peels and Microdermabrasion should be avoided on clients using Retin-A, Renova or other forms of Tretinoic Acid (prescription Vitamin A), recent waxings, sunburned skin, or overly sensitive skin
•Microdermabrasion uses suction and crystals to mechanically sandblast the skin and is recommend for anti-aging and scar reduction
•Chemical peels use higher percentages of the at-home treatments, and are recommended for skin that has acne, chronic dryness, or hyperpigmentation (darker spots)

Your esthetician can recommend the proper in-treatment and at-home products to use for your skin type.